Minutes of the Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

August 23, 2006, 5:30 p.m.



Mayor Joe L. Piccolo                                                                          

Councilmembers:                                                  Pat Larsen, Finance Director

Kathy Hanna-Smith                             Nick Sampinos, City Attorney

Richard Tatton                                     Gary Sonntag, Public Works Director/City Engineer

Jeanne McEvoy                                   Brett Cammans, Customer Service Director

Rick Davis                                             Aleck Shilaos, Chief of Police

Jeff Nielson                                           Nick Tatton, Community Director

                                                                Laurie Tryon, City Recorder              

                                                                Human Resource Director, John Daniels


Others Present:  Sean Watkins, Chuck Watkins, Kaye Rasmussen, Jason Rasmussen, Amy Rasmussen, Terri Watkins, C.J. McManus, Paul BeDont


Mayor Piccolo led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called with the above members in attendance.


1.             PUBLIC INPUT


2.             COUNCILMEMBERS REPORT - Update


The Mayor and Councilmembers presented an update on the activities and functions in which they have participated.


3.             VISIONARY SERVICE LEADER AWARD-Amy Rasmussen


                The recipient of the August 2006 Visionary Service Leader Award is Amy Rasmussen, for her community work and dedication with the local Miss Carbon County, Little Miss Carbon County and Miss Outstanding Teen pageants.   




                Community Director Nick Tatton reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation for the following requests for a Home Occupied Permit.


                a. Delayna’s Hair Salon & Preschool- 1483 Sagewood Rd- Delayna Barr, Owner-Business Final

                b. Bill Vandesluis Photography-876 N. 400 E.-Bill Vandesluis, Owner-Business Final


MOTION. Councilmember Nielson moved that the businesses be approved for Home Occupancy Permits, upon their purchase of a business license. Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-Smith and carried.




                Community Director, Nick Tatton reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation for the following requests for Conditional Use Permits.


a. Southern Custom and Collision-140 E. 100 So.-Noah Behunin, Owner-Business & Sign

Contingent upon obtaining a Fire Inspection

b. Encore Dance Studio-140 N. Cedarhills Dr.-Julia Tatton, Owner-Business & Sign

c. Auto Alley-150 N. Carbonville Rd. - Amendment-Fred Jones, Owner

Approval of Amendment based on contingencies set forth by Planning Commission


MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the requests for Conditional Use Permits for each of the businesses be approved upon the purchase of a business license, subject to the contingencies specified by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Motion seconded by Councilmember Davis and carried.


CONSENT ITEMS - MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that Items #6 through #18 be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.


6.             MINUTES- August 9, 2006, August 15, 2006


7.             BUILDING MAINTENANCE-Cleaning Services Agreement and Contract with Clean Masters & Sons, Inc.-


8.             INTERNATIONAL DAYS- Payment to Chamber of Commerce.


                Carbon County Chamber of Commerce invoice from International Days of $2,025.


9.             ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT- Lisa Richens name added to Checking Account for additional Signature


10.           PEACE GARDENS-Band to play at Recovery Month activity in Peace Gardens


11.           AUDIT CONTRACT-Smuin, Rich & Marsing Contract Approval.


                2006 Price City Audit


12.           NICK TATTON-Travel Approved-IEDC Economic Impact Analysis, Phoenix, Arizona-November 29-30, 2006


13.           MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING-East Price Business Park


14.           RESOLUTION #2006-20 – Job Description for Victim Advocate


15.           WATER TREATMENT PLANT-Purchase of a Paddle Motor Drive Unit


A replacement motor is needed at the water treatment plant for the flocculation basin. Two out of three units have already been purchased and this is the third one that will replace an original unit (1961). Permission is requested to purchase this motor unit along with the speed reducer, adapter and electronic controller, from Energy Management Corporation (single source specialized vendor). Price Quote is $3,563.59 and it is a budgeted item.


16.           EAST PRICE BUSINESS & INDUSTRIAL PARK- Partial Payment #7


Eaton Architecture has submitted an invoice in the amount of $1,182.13 for work to complete the soils report.


17.           UDOT COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT-Pedestrian Safety Sidewalk Funds


                Price City is the recipient of funding for the fiscal year 2007 in the amount of $1,369 for the installation of sidewalk improvements on SR55 at 500 South (west side). A Cooperative Agreement with the Utah Department of Transportation is necessary.




                Approval for the following Price City employees to attend the conference: Suda Merriman, Kent Jones, Melanie Jaramillo and Frank Lujan.


19.           CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND-$60,000 Write Off from Swimming Pool


                The Capital Improvement Fund still has a $60,000 borrowed debt incurred from the money lent to the swimming pool years ago for a plumbing project they needed to complete. Due to the current revenue of the pool, the $60,000 will never be something that can be paid back to the Capital Improvement Fund.  MOTION. Councilmember Nielson moved to remove the $60,000 from the Capital Improvement Fund. Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.


20.           SWIMMING POOL-Implementation of a Restricted Fund in the Pool Fund


                There is a need to implement a restricted fund in the pool fund to allow Price City to begin saving $20,000 each year in a special fund. The money would be a budgeted item each year for a long term maintenance fund for emergencies.  MOTION. Councilmember Nielson moved to implement the restricted fund. Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.




21.           LIBRARY- Change Library to a Department within the General Fund.


                The Library is currently under a special revenue fund which at the time it was set up, was probably created to receive grants or other special funding. It has not and needs to be set up as its own department within the General Fund, effective 7/1/07. MOTION. Councilmember Nielson moved to accept the change in the General Fund.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Davis and carried.


22.           PRICE CITY BILLBOARD- Upgrade and Message Change.


                Councilmember Kathy Hanna-Smith presented her concerns with the Price City Billboard on Highway 6 near Exit 240 and the changes necessary to make a difference in its appearance. The billboard needs to be rejuvenated with a new sign or something to brighten the billboard. There is a new slogan being used by Carbon County. We could keep the Price City logo and use this other one for tourist magazines, flyers, etc. as a signature slogan or incorporate the two together. The Businessman’s Alliance Committee will correspond with Councilmember Hanna-Smith on different ways to use the slogan. Mayor Piccolo would like to also look at the other billboards at each entrance as they are faded and run down.  The restaurant tax funding could be requested for this expense. The Council would like to move forward and have Councilmember Hanna-Smith return with some cost estimates and ideas for all of the entrance billboards. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved to support the new slogan as part of the billboard rejuvenation and to have Councilmember Hanna-Smith return with more information. Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.


Item #24 involved members of Mayor Piccolo’s family and he left the meeting voluntarily at 6:13p.m.


23.           PRO-TEMPORE


                MOTION. Per the provisions established in Ordinance #2002-001, Councilmember Nielson moved that Councilmember Davis be appointed Mayor Pro-Tempore to deal with Item#24. Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.


24.           ECONOMIC VITALITY LOAN FUND-Fat Man Paintball


                Additional funding has been requested for the business of Fat Man Paintball. Community Director, Nick Tatton met with the loan committee on August 22nd and received approval for the additional funding under the loan terms as Fat Man Paintball has a desirable loan payment history. MOTION. Councilmember Nielson moved to approve the loan to Fat Man Paintball. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.




                MOTION. Councilmember Davis moved that Mayor Piccolo return and chair the meeting. Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.


                Mayor Piccolo returned to the meeting at 6:14p.m.




                A notification letter will be sent to local building owners with fire suppression systems. Fire Chief, Paul BeDont has received Nick Sampinos’ approval for the letter content and distribution. The Fire Chief is currently doing a survey and generating a list of how many businesses have sprinkler systems. All customers will know what to expect from the inspections, code etc. Chief BeDont has not found a record of the sprinkler systems and usually finds the problems when there is a complaint or when he is out doing an inspection for a business license. Home Occupied Businesses are not required to have sprinkler systems. All downtown businesses are meant to have systems set up. The fire inspections are usually recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission.  This letter will begin the process of updating our local businesses and buildings with the importance of fire safety. This item was previously on the consent agenda but is actually an information item and does not need a motion from the Council.  When all of the research is completed for the fire suppression systems, the process to track the sprinkler systems within city limits will begin.


27.           PRWID- Update


PRWID has recently hired Lewis Young Robertson and Birmingham to review their bond obligations. As a result of the review, it was discovered that in 2003, the District had received recommendations to increase the base water rates but, only minimal increases were implemented at the time. The debt service is financially marginal and PRWID will need the rate increase to reduce the negative impact of the service fees which may need re-structuring. Some of the debts are being paid out of the general fund.  The Helper sewer line has recently had a few areas of concern that need to be checked and will be corrected if necessary.  The PRWID accounts receivable is now at $98,000 which is a great improvement. The Helper emergency water issue will be resolved soon and the Helper Interchange Project is closer to being done. (PRWID has agreed to do the valve change outs on the North and South end. The new agreement will say UDOT is responsible for payment).


28.           COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND- Update


Nielson Construction has been donating the excavation work in their free time. The power line will be trenched soon after the excavation with the building date still set for Sept. 11-16th. There will be temporary construction signs covering the direction signs to the playground until the project is complete. The temporary signs will direct all volunteers to the construction site. The opening ceremony will be at 7 p.m. on September 16th, 2006.


29.           DISCUSSION ITEMS-


                a.             Lisa Richens discussed the business licensing forms that have been reformatted and added together with the Conditional Use and Home Occupied Permit forms to create a more simplified process. The Council has reviewed the forms and hope this new process will be easier and more internet friendly for those obtaining a new business license.  The Itinerant License will be called, “Temporary” instead of Itinerant without changes to the process. No action was necessary as the forms are only format changes.


b.             Price City has had two security boxes at Wells Fargo Bank. The boxes have been combined and there is a need for only one box. A signature form needs to be signed in order for this process to take place. The form will be returned to City Council for ratification at the September 12th meeting.



a.  Emil Simone Complaint - 11-05

b.  Buck and Claudia Moynier-Road- 7/06


MOTION. Councilmember Smith moved that the meeting adjourn and that the Price City Community Development and Renewal Agency convene. Motion seconded by Councilmember Nielson and carried.


Meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

City Council reconvened at 6:44 p.m.


Meeting adjourned at 7:05 p.m.




                                                                                                            Joe L. Piccolo, Mayor




Laurie Tryon, City Recorder